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ALEXANDER, Ark. (KTHV) - Alexander police say someone shot at the windows of the local municipal building Wednesday night.
Police Chief Horace Walters is accustomed to dealing with emergency calls and yellow tape. But it's not an everyday sight at his own office. Thursday morning was different. He was called to work around 6:00 after Officer Nancy Cummings called him in because of a bullet hole in a window.
He says, "Right now at the early stages of the investigation I'm thinking it's going to be related to some of the issues that have been going on in the city of Alexander."
Some of "those issues" Walters speaks of, came to a head Tuesday night during a heated city council meeting. Alderman Andy Mullins gave the mayor a petition with several signatures wanting him out of office. He says "At the end of the city council meeting I handed a petition to the mayor to get rid of him. And the reason why I did this is because he has not done ONE thing he has promised to do for the city of Alexander."
Mullins says he and Mayor Paul Mitchell are long time friends--they even came into elected office at the same time. But, he says, "Whenever he started running and I was on the board with him at the fire department and he was a good man. And he's still a good man but he don't know how to carry out his word."
Mullins says his petition almost has enough signatures to oust Mayor Mitchell and he will continue gathering them.
"If he was any kind of mayor at all, he would be right here! And I'm sure some of his cronies have told him about what's going on here." says Mulllins.
The shots were fired between 3:00 and 6:00 Thursday morning Mullins calls it a a personal threat to Chief Walters. Meanwhile, Walters calls it "a cowardly act."
He says, "We're going to get to the bottom of it. But the bottom line? This ain't going to deter me! Will just make me come after you a little bit more!"
The Alexander courthouse, city hall, mayor's office, and police department are housed in the building.